CATS killing time

The House Education Committee announced Friday afternoon it will consider on Monday SB 1, to repeal the disgraced CATS school assessment program. The bill previously passed the Senate unanimously. In 2008, a similar bill failed to gain approval by even a single Democratic Senator before dying in the House without a hearing.

A healthy response from Mitch McConnell

As the Obama Administration gears up its healthcare reform efforts, free market advocates have very good reason to be concerned. Meanwhile, a comment from Kentucky’s Sen. Mitch McConnell is being used as “evidence” by big-government fans that their approach is actually the way to go. McConnell said: “Forcing free market plans to compete with these…

Digging a hole to prosperity

Gov. Steve Beshear issued a statement Thursday night expressing his pleasure that Kentucky is about to pick up another $400 million in debt as part of the new road plan. Not to worry, though. Our “financial experts” are “comfortable.” Beshear said: “This plan also creates a state stimulus effort through the use of a $400…

Mandating an “educated workforce”

Forcing would-be high school dropouts to stay in school would make sense if any evidence suggested it would magically create positive educational outcomes. No such evidence exists. But that won’t stop The Louisville Courier-Journal. A Thursday editorial said: “Raising the dropout age might cost $15 million per year, but, as the Governor himself has argued,…

Making it up on volume

President Barack Obama’s Domestic Policy Council Director Melody Barnes spoke to reporters this morning via conference call about Obama’s health care reform proposal in which he seeks to expand insurance coverage and government coverage while also lowering costs. A reporter asked her how this plan would be different than the state attempts to do the…

What’s next: Kentucky Derby Tax?

Politicians are fond of promising to run government “like a business,” only to toss the idea aside at the first sign of resistance from the bureaucracy. But Gov. Steve Beshear has taken the backtracking to a new level by treating a business opportunity like a government program. Beshear has opted to scale back traditional Kentucky…